While the Left constantly argues for the banning of all guns. Despite the fact that this almost only ever has the opposite of the intended effect when implemented. Why isn’t the Right brave enough to begin arguing for the opposite? That we instead level the playing field and arm all citizens in good standing. The town of Kennesaw Georgia did just that in fact, passing a law requiring all households to own both a working firearm and ammunition for it. It wasn’t long before the crime rate dropped an astounding 50%. Surely the type of numbers any politician on either side of the aisle would normally love to spout off at every possible chance.
Before my fellow Libertarian friends reading get up in arms over the idea of being forced to own something. Let’s take a look at the actual wording of the law Kennesaw passed.
Sec. 34-21. – Heads of households to maintain firearms.
(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.
(b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.
To put it plainly, residents of the town were required to own firearms, unless of course they couldn’t afford guns, couldn’t use guns, couldn’t legally own guns, or just simply didn’t want to have guns for most any reason. The residents were more accurately simply highly encouraged to have firearms in their homes, and this fact was publicized widely. The increased threat of potentially having criminal activity met with an armed response, being enough on its own to halve crime rates. Whether or not most citizens really were carrying was a non-issue.
In fact the drop in crime rate wasn’t even the original goal of the still on the books law. It was just a happy by product of what was meant to be a political statement following the handgun ban implemented by the town of Morton Grove, Illinois back in 81. A law that has since been overturned as unconstitutional. Kennesaw Police Department Lt. Craig Graydon said this regarding the town’s law, “It was not meant to be an enforceable law. The police department has never searched homes to make sure you had a gun. It was meant more or less as a political statement to support citizens’ second amendment rights to own firearms.”
The important takeaway still remains that the simple threat that any citizen might be carrying is often the most effective way to deter crime. Famous magician and noted Libertarian Penn Jillette has also made this argument. Asking what would likely happen to violent crime rates if we simply issued every American women a gun. Considering that already over 200,000 women use guns to protect themselves against sexual crimes like rape every year in America, maybe Penn here below has a point.
It’s hard to imagine an America where guns aren’t spoken of in an almost constant negative light. This bad reputation though is hardly deserved. In fact guns are used 80 times more often to prevent or stop crime then they are to take lives in non self-defense. While the likes of Hillary Clinton and other Democrats say we have a gun epidemic in the streets, and in the sense that gun sales are higher than ever maybe we do. These Liberals ignore that at the same time crimes making use of firearms are down upwards of 68%!
All this of course, a moot point on a Constitutional level. As the entire gun debate should be rendered resolved based simply on what is supposed to be the undisputed supreme law of the land. While Democrats have had the courts jumbled up for years regarding the exact wording and its supposedly mysterious true meaning. In reality, the Constitution is quite clear when it comes to guns and our rights to them. Once more I will leave it to Penn accompanied this time by his ever silent partner Teller to explain.
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